So?………..Who is Gig Guide Pete?
Well, I’m you, a gig going person, just like you, a punter. I do a full time job as an Engineer in the Graphic Arts Industry as a Digital Printer Engineer and The UK Trainer for NEXPRESS and NEXFINITY Printing Products for for Kodak.
When I get home, I do this, the Melton Gig Guide website and I used to do The Melton Times Gig Guide to (for Over 8 Years).
As a Musician, I have played in My Own Band RiffTrade and also 20 gigs up and down Englandshire in ‘Planet Abba’ (that was about 17 years ago). Planet Abba incidentally was the first ever band to play The Cutting Room (for my 40th Birthday in 2006). I have also played Guitar in the house Band backstage in the Theatre for Christchurch Theatre Club at Loughborough Town Hall Theatre for “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Summer Holiday” and “Fame as well as playing Guitar in “Fame” at Melton Theatre. My most interesting challenge to date was Playing Dave Bukatinsky (The Security Guard) in the Full Monty in The Melton Mowbray Theatre Clubs hilarious production (TMMTC). Here I was both singing and acting. As ‘Dave’ is the best friend of the lead character i was in a lot of it. Yes! We did! We did, Do The Full Monty!
My next project is “Project Pete” (Named after the folder Jason stored the song files) doing loungey style Rock and Pop Laid back classics. Very soon Jason Sargent and myself will hit the streets as “Project Pete’.
Why do you do the Gig Guide?
As above, I’m a punter like you, I love live music, and most of all I love live music choice! There are at least three if not more venues with live music in town and The Borough, if not more, each and every night of Weekend. So, Can I ask you? To have a look at all the others, It makes for a great night when you do! Who doesn’t love a Pub-Crawl? A live Music Pub Crawl is much Beterer!! Remember use it or loose it! The Pubs pay for the Bands to play, if they don’t make enough money to pay for this then THE VENUE LOSSES THEIR OWN MONEY! Live Music will stop. Simples!
How did the Gig Guide Start?
Way back in 2012, I used to buy the Melton Times to look at the Gig List (or take a sneaky look at the The Melton Times in WH-Smiths) because before I started, that’s what it was! Just a list and the start times and band names. Not very useful really, What’s Indio Black? Analogue Haze?
I suggested the Idea to the Melton Times around late Feb 2012 of doing a gig guide possibly a review of last weeks offerings. I was asked to write a test piece by (the then Editor) Michael Cooke. I wrote about Grigglefish’s last Gig. The Gig Guide nearly ended right there, There was “No room at the Inn” and only on my second attempt did I manage to get in.
At this point my only backer then was Generous Briton Landlord, Mick Rathbone. It took a while! but I finally persuaded Janet Ling (Landlady for 25 years) of the Noels to trust me with her upcoming artists lists and the Gig Guide was on its way.
The Melton Times liked the Idea and advertised for ‘Bands on the Circuit’ to send in pictures and details of upcoming Gigs” The silence was deafening! (little known fact! Most bands who play in Melton do not live or come from Melton).
Wind on into August 2012 when I started collating the information from the venues about who’s playing where and sending it into The Melton Times who had FINAL EDIT. This is how the Melton Times Gig Guide began. Because the folks writing and publishing the Melton Gig Guide had no knowledge of The Bands or The Venues, it was fraught with mistakes! They had the power to turn a play on words of Martha and The Muffins ‘Echo Beach’ into ‘just some words’ thus losing the music reference!
I begged The Melton Times to let me write the Gig Guide content as well as collecting and collating it, and from September 13th 2012 onwards I did. I provided the Content in edited form (But Still with final edit in the hands of The Copy Editor of the Melton Times). The 25th of October 2018 marked my last Melton Times Gig Guide This represents over 6th Years of The Melton Times Gig Guide, and was the longest running Column in the paper from a single contributor (Source Michael Cooke Editor)
The Last major change to The Melton Times Gig Guide was the introduction of new Templates in the October of 2013 by Johnston Press publishers of The Melton Times. The Gig Guide was running at some 600 words wordage and would often have 2 pictures and a preamble by myself previously.
With the introduction of templates, The Gig Guide was cut to about 300 words no Photos. This is because most towns don’t have a Gig Guide in The Local Paper, we didn’t fit the norm!
It was here, when the Disastrous “XMA Game of two Halves” indecent happened! A really excellent football inspired write-up about changing the old drummer to a new drummer Write up was was cut to “XMA will be performing at The Noels Arms”
The full content was “Its definitely a game of two halves this Saturday night as Punk Rockers ‘XMA’ play the Noels Arms. The first set features former members Brian and James ,while the second will see youngest member Joe take to the drum-stool for his first full set .One thing guaranteed not to change will be the top quality Punk Rock delivered straight from the heart.” Much better isn’t it? You can imagine that there was not unreasonably, a bit of a palaver. See for yourself below the drop in “Wordage in the Photo Below.
This was the Catalyst to create a website, so that no music banter was wasted, no Waysted music puns! (See what I did there? 😉 (For those not in ‘Waysted’ is a UFO Spin off Band) ).
The Melton Gig Guide Website www.meltongigguide.co.uk was created within a few hours on the Saturday Morning of the 2nd November 2013. Post Marmite on Toast and Coffee, Obviously!
The last major change was when my website broke in August 2016 and I had to move from the then current provider 123 Reg.
Its a shame! With 39,110 hits under its belt, it just couldn’t be edited by me, it broke! Only by .123 reg (Which is a massively inconvenient for a weekly music listings blog/magazine, which is completely torn down each week and republished with new content!. My my old bands website was temporarily Hijacked www.rifftrade.co.uk and we had a further 713 hits there over 3 weeks whilst we got all this sorted out.
Now 6 years in and Melton Gig Guide has had well 128,000 hits and reaches an audience of over 25,000 hits Annually from nearly 12,000 visitors from all over the world each and every year, still hitting regularly an average of over 2000 Views each and every month.
Thank you for being part of this journey 🙂 x
Remember If You Cant Find It #GigGuideIt a phrase used by two generations at The Broclehursts when they want to know whats on at the Weekend. Thank you Hayley x
Also that we are #MeltonMowbrayRuralHeartofMusic retasked from “Melton Mowbray Rural Capital of Food” we felt “Capital too fierce and either Steve Philpotts or Gary Cross softened it to “Heart” Thanks Guys x
Melton Gig Guide Live:
We have tried to improve content on the website as we go forward, so when Facebook Live was invented (around 2017), Melton Gig Guide was pretty quick to adopt it and upload live Videos from the pubs in town. The downfall and very real problem of Facebook live is the quality of the 3G/4G connection. It often happened where a recording starts in HD and reduces to a milky pixelated video with reduced quality sound. This is why Melton Gig Guide no longer does this. Instead, videos are fully recorded in HD to my device with an External Microphone to help prevent clipping, then uploaded to Facebook in full HD.
If you type #gigguideit Then Select the Videos Tab you will see over 200 Videos that I have shot at various venues in the Borough of Melton Mowbray in various resolutions from 360 to 1080p.
Whats Next? It was pointed out to me that when I share my Facebook Videos on this website, you have to have a Facebook account to view them. With this in mind and with a grant from Ragdale Hall (for Equipment), Melton Gig Guide launched our YouTube Video Channel “Melton Gig Guide TV” on the 10th of November 2019. The first video featured XMA and can be viewed HERE:
This Channel will feature New content in Full HD as well as historic content in HD (720p) this will give us higher definition videos and higher quality sound too.
I have purchased a motorised gimbal and a professional MP3 Sound recorder, so that I can take my videos to the next level. I am pleased to announce that Ragdale Hall and The Melton Times has given Melton Gig Guide a cheque of £250 in The ‘Make It Happen 2019 Awards’ to cover these costs. Many Thanks Ragdale Hall and The Melton Times for this.
Thanks to The Melton Times and Ragdale Hall ‘Make It Happen’ Grant of £250 Melton Gig Guide has been able to invest in additional tools to make more professional looking videos for Melton Gig Guide TV on You Tube. I’ve just got to teach myself Adobe Premier.
£100 Zhiyun Smooth 4 Gymbal
£150 Tascam DR5 MP3 Recorder
£100 Satchler Camera Bag (Big enough to take my Gymbal)
So Whats involved?
The Melton Gig Guide and for my website www.meltongigguide.co.uk takes around 10+ hours of my time each and every week. Incidentally. The Melton Gig Guide has been delivered seamlessly from months long training Kodak Training courses in Belgium, Switzerland and Germany with work and from Italy at RCF Factory (PA Company) in Italy, as well as from frequent walking holidays and along 200 miles of The Pennine Way.
The whole venture is done on a week by week basis.
- I contact all the venues to ascertain whats on
- contact all the artists concerned to get bios and photos and banter
- The Melton Gig Guide site is updated Weekly from Wednesday onwards, earlier if there is a ticketed event to help sell tickets.
- Where photos are tagged with a photographers mark, copyright is obtained, prior to republishing here.
- Melton Theatre’s listings are checked and if possible they are included within the guide too
- I help promote attendance of live music, comedy by Facebook live streaming the events to my own Facebook Profile
- Pay £250 a year in for my two website domain fees and software costs from my own pocket.
Is it Free?
Yes! The Melton Gig Guide is free to advertise your music related event, wether you be a Band, a Pub Quiz (With a music round), a play in a garden, A Punk Poet, a Theatre or any other type of venue.
The Gig Guide does incur costs which where paid by myself Pete Wilkinson up to half way though2019. Melton Bid kindly offered to Sponsor the costs for Melton Gig Guide, so for last year my costs have been covered and I’m now looking for Sponsorship for my 2020 Costs. Many Many Thanks Melton Bid for sponsoring me in 2019, it really means a lot to be recognised for the work I do.
We Have two Websites www.meltongigguide.co.uk and www.meltongigguide.uk they are hosted by two separate companies because “Denial of Service” attacks are very real! Our .UK website has been used 3 times since its inception when .co.uk had a problem and it worked seamlessly without any noticeable drop in audience and without the users being aware that we had switched them. .CO.UK is hosted for free by Musician Matt Chubb, going forward I would like to pay him. .UK is hosted by GoDaddy.
When Melton Gig Guide Started it was on a free single page website on 123reg.co.uk but it broke! see how it looked here, www.rifftrade.co.uk hosted Melton Gig Guide for Three weeks when 123reg broke. When we migrated to WordPress thats when it started to cost money. We have tried advertising on our pages, and have applied for funding but no success until mid 2019 whenMelton Bid thankfully sponsored Melton Gig Guide’s cost.
In order to do this without resorting to using my work laptop I have had to buy a small laptop, something small enough to fit in my walking day bag, or my laptop bag if working away.
DOMAIN REGISTRATION FEES:
WEB HOSTING FEES:
£0 www.meltongigguide.co.uk (Thanks Matt Chubb)
£120 www.meltongigguide.uk per Year GoDaddy
Adobe Photoshop Plan £9.98 per Month (Most images need resizing, untagged photos often need other work like cropping, removal of logos or children and sometime people
Adobe Premier Plan £19.97 per Month for replacing my Iphone7 Sound with professionally recorded my MP3 Recorder sound, for adding MGG idents and logos, and for tweaking the sound to get the clearest vocal and band mix from what is a live one-shot recording that I have no control of the live bands actual sound.
Microsoft Word £106 one off payment
£89 Zoom IQ7 microphones x2 (I thought it was broke so bought another only to find it was an Iphone issue)
£15 Godox LED64 lights x2
£1049 Mac Book Pro (Small enough to go walking the Pennine way with)
From time to time when working away hotel WIFI although is advertised its often useless, so I have to use my mobile phone data. Also uploading Live Videos eats data, so events like the Amazing Melton Folk Festival usually mean I’ll use up my data
EE extra Data £7 as and when my data is exceeded
Thanks to The Melton Times and Ragdale Hall ‘Make It Happen’ Grant in 2019 of £250 Melton Gig Guide has been able to invest in additional tools to make more professional looking videos for Melton Gig Guide TV
£100 Zhiyun Smooth 4 Gymbal
£150 Tascam DR5 MP3 Recorder
and £100 of my own money to buy a satchler bag to house all of it.
I would like to thank:
Kelly Spencer, for her years of service helping check this content, (You cant proof read your own work!)
Arabella Coombes Helping Admin the Melton Gig Guide Facebook Group and for Posting Events from around the Villages, and Live Streaming when I cannot.
Matt Chubb for stepping up and assisting my transition into a WordPress site, its much much much better than what I had previously. His own servers are hosting Melton Gig Guide.
And I would like to thank the 12000 visitors a Year for reading. please share The Melton Gig Guide spread the word keep Melton Rockin’